Though the hands are not a big canvas, there are some sub-placements to choose from – the palm, the fingers, the thumb. Or you can get a full hand tattoo covering the entire hand.
While men may prefer tattoos with dense colors and thick lines, hand tattoos for women are often simpler, more decorative, and elegant. So if you are looking for ink that is both expressive and beautiful, this list of hand tattoos for women is for you.
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Amazing Hand Tattoo Designs for Men and Women
A beautiful hand tattoo doesn’t need to be intricate. Because the hand is smaller than the back, the arm, or the thigh, simple tattoos fit better into the placement. If you are a minimalist and appreciate something elegant and simple, the following tattoo ideas are for you.
Leaves hand tattoo
Natural elements like the leaves and vines are perfect to tattoo on the hand. To keep it simple and nice, you can tattoo one small leaf on the finger. Or you can multiply and tailor-make to the shape of the placement.
Blue leaves finger tattoo
One way to make a simple leaf tattoo unique is to add color, like this stunning blue tattoo wraps around the index finger.
Small botanical hand tattoo
Floral bracelet tattoo
Bracelet tattoos or hand band tattoos refer to those that wrap around the wrist or the arm. They are not just ink but also a piece of jewelry like this small bracelet wrist tattoo. It resembles a bracelet made of flowers. The combination of green and white adds freshness to the tattoo, making it perfect for young girls. Check out our interview with the tattooist Ovenlee to know more about her work.
Vine finger tattoos
Small crystal butterfly hand tattoo
Butterflies represent beauty, the pursuit of freedom and transformation. They can be small and fit on the hand. But just because they are tiny doesn’t mean they are dull. And this small butterfly is proof.
The light blue color of the wings creates a crystal-like transparent effect. The tattoo feels airy, like a real butterfly resting on the skin.
Butterfly and flower hand tattoo
Small butterfly tattoo
Single-line hand tattoo
For minimalists, lines and simple shapes are all it takes to create a unique tattoo, just like this one here. With a single line stretching on the side of the hand, this is not some common tattoo you will see each day.
Small single-line on the finger
Simple tattoos are often timeless. This small one-line tattoo resembles the shape of a mountain. It wraps around the middle finger like a ring. It is a reminder to never lose the desire to explore.
Simple cross wrist tattoo
Small star hand tattoo
A star looks great wherever you put it, just like this simple symbolic star tattoo. But, to really make it shine, you can put it near the tip of the finger.
Eye hand tattoo
The eyes are the window of a soul. Across cultures, an eye can be a divine symbol, meaning that whatever you do, god is watching. It can also be a talisman that wards off bad energy and protects the wearer.
The Eye of Ra
The Eye of Ra, or Eye of Horus, is an ancient Egyptian symbol representing protection. The eye was believed to belong to the god of the sun. And it was usually seen on jewelry.
As a tattoo, the Eye of Ra can give the wearer strength to power through difficulties in life.
Name tattoo on the hand
Word tattoos are popular among minimalists. And if you find the right word, a simple word tattoo can be meaningful. This vertical name tattoo on the hand is exactly that. It’s the name of the wearer’s daughter. Because the area is never covered, it serves as a constant reminder of family and love.
One-word hand tattoo
“Angel energy” inner finger tattoo
“My baby” simple hand tattoo
“Gravity” one-word tattoo
Greek word tattoo
The letters IXOYE are the acronym of five Greek words: Iesous, Xristos, Theou, Yios, and Sotare. Respectively, they mean Jesus, Christ, Son, God, and Savior. It also means “fish” in Greek.
This letter hand tattoo might not make sense to someone who doesn’t know the language. But for those who understand its meaning, it will no doubt be a conversation piece.
To the stars
Small number hand tattoo
Numbers are another great tattoo idea if you opt for something simple and personal. Think about your birth date, the year you got married, or the number of your first room in a new city. You can always find a number that means a ton to you. And that is what will make a simple hand tattoo timeless.
Small snake hand tattoo
People love snake tattoos for a reason. They have elongated, curvy body shapes, making them perfect for the arm, the finger, and the legs. The snakes are also dangerous and mysterious creatures, which as a tattoo, adds badass vibes to the wearer.
Finger heart cute small hand tattoo
Matching straight line tattoos for couple
What can be simpler than a straight-line ring finger tattoo? These matching hand tattoos for couples are not just minimalist. They will probably last longer than a ring, which represents the couple’s eternal love.
Vine ring finger tattoos
Matching music tattoo
Gradient circle hand tattoo
How cute are these matching hand tattoos! The gradient colors are what make the simple design pop out.
Lover one-word tattoo
Not everyone wants a full name tattoo on highly exposed placements like the hand. And getting initial tattoos might be a better idea in this case.
Oriental dragon hand tattoo
Rose hand tattoo
A rose has always been among the most popular tattoos for women. It represents purity, beauty, and love, and it’s aesthetically pleasing. A rose tattoo of untraditional patterns on the leaves makes it stand out even more.
Simple smiley face
Small burning fire
Are you a passionate person? Do you have dreams that keep you awake at night? If so, a small flame tattoo on the finger may speak to you.
Small fish inner finger tattoo
Small heart hand tattoo
Tiny lady bug hand tattoo
Small lotus middle finger tattoo
The Lotus flower represents calmness and inner peace in Buddhism. And having a lotus tattoo on the finger will keep the wearer grounded when she feels overwhelmed.
Small sunflower hand tattoo
The dancing flower
Who doesn’t love a cute, dancing flower? Of course, it’s outlined in black. But it doesn’t undermine its liveliness. On the contrary, it’s so cheerful that it puts a smile on your face every time you look at it.
Tiny butterfly hand tattoo
Tiny four-leaf clover
The four-leave clover is not only an Irish symbol of good wishes. Respectively, the four leaves represent faith, hope, love, and luck.
Tiny heart tattoo
Small leaves tattoo
Tiny planet hand tattoo
Tiny semi-colon tattoo
The semi-colon might look small. But it’s s significant symbol in mental health tattoos.
Grammatically, a semi-colon indicates that a sentence stops briefly but will continue on. It’s a symbol of not giving up after mental struggles. And it’s often used by mental illness survivors to represent their hope and faith.
Birds are symbols of freedom. The birds look like they are flying on the skin in this tattoo because the tattooist perfectly captures the birds’ movements and postures.
Intricate bird on the hand
Rose and bird hand tattoos
The tattoos on both hands don’t need to be identical. Take these thumb tattoos, for example. The bird and the rose represent freedom and beauty. Though they are two different elements, the same illustration style keeps the tattoos cohesive.
Oriental landscape wrist tattoo
Butterfly and knot tattoo
Red knots are often associated with luck and happiness in eastern countries like China and Korea. This beautiful knots and butterfly tattoo carries the best wishes in a feminine way.
Whale and rose hand tattoo
Snake tattoo on the hand
Red dragon hand tattoo
Ornamental thumb tattoos for women
Lotus flower hand tattoo
Spider lily hand tattoo
Spider lily is beautiful for its unique shape. When it blooms, the petals turn slightly inward like the claw of a spider. But what makes this hand tattoo stand out is the color. The blue is not only elegant but untraditional for flower tattoos. And this design will belong to someone who dares to be different.
Interstellar hand tattoo
Ornamental palm tattoo
Brushstroke on the palm
Want an artistic tattoo to show off your aesthetics? Consider a simple yet stunning brushstroke like this one.
Stunning ornaments on hand
Cry later ignorant tattoo
A cross tattoo is not only a decoration but also a symbol of religion. This floral vintage cross is a reminder to always have faith and do the right thing.
Star in the center of the hand
Pendant thumb tattoo
Some people see tattoos as a way to express their beliefs or make a statement. But for others, tattoos are like jewelry that complements their style.
This pendant tattoo falls into the second category. With the pendant dropping downward, this tattoo looks as stunning as a genuine gemstone hanging on the hand.
Ornamental hand tattoo
White ink hand tattoo
White ink is a type of ink used in tattoos that will glow under UV light. The glow will last for 45 days to 60 days. Later, it will fade into the natural skin color.
Henna hand tattoo
Henna tattoos are created with natural dye from the henna tree. Typically, a henna tattoo may last for two weeks before it fades. So if you want a bold tattoo, it’s a good idea to experiment with something temporary like henna tattoos.
Black foliage full hand tattoo
Blackwork butterfly tattoo
Feminine full hand tattoo
Abstract face tattoo